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December 5, 2010
Bills Passed in Congress, November 2010
By James Wilson

BILLS PASSED IN CONGRESS

 The following are the bills the House and Senate passed last month. The bills were passed by voice vote except where indicated. Roll call votes for the House are found here, and for the Senate here. The descriptions of bills are essentially taken verbatim from the Congressional Record Daily Digest.

Page numbers of bills are based on the pdf display of the latest version from the Government Printing Office.

SENATE 13 bills, 598 pages

Asian Carp Prevention and Control Act:  Senate passed S. 1421, to amend section 42 of title 18, United States Code, to prohibit the importation and shipment of certain species of carp. 4 pages

Physician Payment and Therapy Relief Act: Senate passed H.R. 5712, entitled ``The Physician Payment and Therapy Relief Act of 2010'', 4 pages

Longline Catcher Processor Subsector Single Fishery Cooperative Act: Senate passed S. 1609, to authorize a single fisheries cooperative for the Bering Sea Aleutian Islands longline catcher processor subsector. 11 pages

Claims Resettlement Act:  Committee on Finance was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 4783, may be cited as ``The Claims Resettlement Act of 2010'', and the bill was then passed, 272 pages

Jessica Ann Ellis Gold Star Fathers Act: Senate passed S. 3650, to amend chapter 21 of title 5, United States Code, to provide that fathers of certain permanently disabled or deceased veterans shall be included with mothers of such veterans as preference eligibles for treatment in the civil service, 4 pages

Bankruptcy Technical Corrections Act: Committee on the Judiciary was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 6198, to amend title 11 of the United States Code to make technical corrections, and the bill was then passed, 18 pages

Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act:  Senate concurred in the amendment of the House of Representatives to the amendment of the Senate to H.R. 5566, to amend title 18, United States Code, to prohibit interstate commerce in animal crush videos. 8 pages

Copyright Cleanup, Clarification, and Corrections Act: Senate concurred in the amendments of the House of Representatives to S. 3689, to clarify, improve, and correct the laws relating to copyrights. 6 pages

FDA Food Safety Modernization Act:  By 73 yeas to 25 nays (Vote No. 257), Senate passed S. 510, to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to the safety of the food supply, 242 pages

Fair Credit Reporting Act: Senate passed S. 3987, to amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act with respect to the applicability of identity theft guidelines to creditors. 4 pages

Coin Modernization, Oversight, and Continuity Act: Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 6162, to provide research and development authority for alternative coinage materials to the Secretary of the Treasury, increase congressional oversight over coin production, and ensure the continuity of certain numismatic items, and the bill was then passed. 7 pages

American Eagle Palladium Bullion Coin Act: Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs was discharged from further consideration of H.R. 6166, to authorize the production of palladium bullion coins to provide affordable opportunities for investments in precious metals, and the bill was then passed. 6 pages

Restore Online Shoppers' Confidence Act: Senate passed S. 3386, to protect consumers from certain aggressive sales tactics on the Internet, after agreeing to the committee amendment in the nature of a substitute, 12 pages


HOUSE: 22 bills, 426 pages

International Adoption Simplification Act: S. 1376, to restore immunization and sibling age exemptions for children adopted by United States citizens under the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption to allow their admission to the United States; 6 pages

Marine Sergeant Michael H. Ferschke, Jr. Memorial Act: H.R. 6397, to amend section 101(a)(35) of the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide for a marriage for which the parties are not physically in the presence of each other due to service abroad in the Armed Forces of the United States; 4 pages

Copyright Cleanup, Clarification, and Corrections Act of 2010: S. 3689, amended, to clarify, improve, and correct the laws relating to copyrights, by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 385 yeas with none voting ``nay'' and 1 voting ``present'', Roll No. 566; 6 pages

Jesse J. McCrary, Jr. Post Office Designation Act: H.R. 5655, to designate the Little River Branch facility of the United States Postal Service located at 140 NE 84th Street in Miami, Florida, as the ``Jesse J. McCrary, Jr. Post Office''; 4 pages

Amending the District of Columbia Home Rule Act: H.R. 5702, amended, to amend the District of Columbia Home Rule Act to reduce the waiting period for holding special elections to fill vacancies in the membership of the Council of the District of Columbia; 4 pages

Kingman and Heritage Islands Act of 2010: H.R. 6278, to amend the National Children's Island Act of 1995 to expand allowable uses for Kingman and Heritage Islands by the District of Columbia; 6 pages

D.C. Courts and Public Defender Service Act of 2010: H.R. 5367, amended, to amend title 11, District of Columbia Official Code, to revise certain administrative authorities of the District of Columbia courts, and to authorize the District of Columbia Public Defender Service to provide professional liability insurance for officers and employees of the Service for claims relating to services furnished within the scope of employment with the Service; 14 pages

Navy Corpsman Jeffrey L. Wiener Post Office Building Designation Act: S. 3567, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 100 Broadway in Lynbrook, New York, as the ``Navy Corpsman Jeffrey L. Wiener Post Office Building''; 4 pages

Tom Kongsgaard Post Office Building Designation Act: H.R. 6237, amended, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1351 2nd Street in Napa, California, as the ``Tom Kongsgaard Post Office Building''; 4 pages

Sam Sacco Post Office Building Designation Act: H.R. 6387, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 337 West Clark Street in Eureka, California, as the ``Sam Sacco Post Office Building''; 4 pages

Improving certain administrative operations of the Office of the Architect of the Capitol: H.R. 6399, to improve certain administrative operations of the Office of the Architect of the Capitol; 4 pages

Sergeant Robert Barrett Post Office Building Designation Act:  H.R. 5758, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 2 Government Center in Fall River, Massachusetts, as the ``Sergeant Robert Barrett Post Office Building'', by a \2/3\ yea-and-nay vote of 417 yeas with none voting ``nay'', Roll No. 574 4 pages

Telework Enhancement Act of 2010: The House concurred in the Senate amendment to H.R. 1722, to require the head of each executive agency to establish and implement a policy under which employees shall be authorized to telework, by a yea-and-nay vote of 254 yeas to 152 nays, Roll No. 578.  26 pages

Extending the deadline for Social Services Block Grant expenditures of supplemental funds appropriated following disasters occurring in 2008: S. 3774, to extend the deadline for Social Services Block Grant expenditures of supplemental funds appropriated following disasters occurring in 2008, by a 2/3 yea-and-nay vote of 366 yeas to 40 nays, Roll No. 580. 4 pages

Physician Payment and Therapy Relief Act of 2010:  Concurred in the Senate amendments to H.R. 5712, to provide for certain clarifications and extensions under Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program; 4 pages

Colonel George Juskalian Post Office Building Designation Act: H.R. 6392, to designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 5003 Westfields Boulevard in Centreville, Virginia, as the ``Colonel George Juskalian Post Office Building''. 4 pages

Claims Resolution Act of 2010: The House concurred in the Senate amendments to H.R. 4783, to accelerate the income tax benefits for charitable cash contributions for the relief of victims of the earthquake in Chile, and to extend the period from which such contributions for the relief of victims of the earthquake in Haiti may be accelerated, by a yea-and-nay vote of 256 yeas to 152 nays, Roll No. 584. 272 pages

Providing for the approval of the Agreement Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Australia Concerning Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy: H.R. 6411, to provide for the approval of the Agreement Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Australia Concerning Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy; 4 pages

Requiring the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to fully insure Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts: H.R. 6398, to require the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to fully insure Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts; 4 pages

Nuclear Energy Research and Development Act of 2010: H.R. 5866, amended, to amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 requiring the Secretary of Energy to carry out initiatives to advance innovation in nuclear energy technologies, to make nuclear energy systems more competitive, and to increase efficiency and safety of civilian nuclear power; 26 pages

Directing the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to display in each facility of the Department of Veterans Affairs a Women Veterans Bill of Rights: H.R. 5953, amended, to direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to display in each facility of the Department of Veterans Affairs a Women Veterans Bill of Rights; 12 pages

Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act: S. 2847, to regulate the volume of audio on commercials; 6 pages

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